Sunday, May 23, 2021

Appalachian Trail at Wawayanda State Park

Wawayanda State Park
Sussex Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
William Hoeferlin Trail: Blue blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Iron Mountain Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 2:05 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.9 Miles

Pros: Quiet and peaceful area
Cons: No good mountain views
Hike Type: In and out with diversion route
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Google Maps of Parking:

Continuing along my further reaches of the Appalachian Trail, I continued further west in Wawayanda State Park past my previous location earlier in the month. I parked at the main entrance of Wawayanda State Park, at the trailhead of the William Hoeferlin Trail. Park was still free but I suspect there is a parking fee charged after Memorial Day. I took the trail briefly to the Appalachian Trail, which I took west.

I passed Kazmar Pond, which was entirely drained and just remained a marsh. I thin continued along the trail, crossing Wawayanda Brook, and then going to Barret Road. I turned back around at Barret Road, and took a slight detour up the Iron Mountain Trail to the to old Appalachian Route marked with black dashes on the map that is parallel to the current Appalachian Trail. I then continued on the Appalachian Trail back to the William Hoeferlin Trail back to my car.

Map of the Route

WilliamHoeferlin Trail Sign at the Beginning of the Hike

Boardwalk Planks on the Appalachian Trail

Wild Geranium Flowers Along the Trail

The Drained Kazmar Pond

Another View of the Drained Kazmar Pond, at the Outlet

Appalachian Trail in Wawayanda State Park

Appalachian Trail at Barret Road

View from Barret Road

View to the Distance at Barret Road

Wildflowers at the Barret Road Trail Parking Area

Boardwalk Along a Densely Vegetated Part of the Trail

Another Boardwalk on the Appalachian Trail

Wawayanda Brook at the Bridge Crossing the Brook

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